Islanders GM Snow staying the course

Islanders GM Snow staying the course

There are 64 comments on the Newsday story from Jul 4, 2009, titled Islanders GM Snow staying the course. In it, Newsday reports that:

The addition of desperately needed sniper John Tavares, the No. 1 draft pick, and free-agent goaltender Dwayne Roloson as a starting-caliber backup for Rick DiPietro are two moves that could improve the Islanders dramatically.

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Bill

Vancouver, Canada

#62 Jul 7, 2009
In what universe do we have more depth at defense than forward?!!!! Exactly the reverse is true!!!! Other than Streit and Hillen, our best players are all forwards. Our developing players--the players that will improve--are ALL forwards except for Hillen.

We do have some quality defensive prospects in the system--especially Ness and Hamonic--but none of them is of star quality. Management is convinced that DeHaan will become a star, but we will not know if they are correct for two to three years. Most of the NHL thought otherwise.

Sorry Greg. We have no depth at defense---except in older, slower, and oft-injured players who were really meant for the pre-lockout NHL. We have too much depth at that. If this team is going to compete for the Cup, that has to change.
Battfist

Trenton, NJ

#63 Jul 9, 2009
Hattrick72 wrote:
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OK, fair enough. Give me the major changes?(and please dont say john tavares, he hasent played one single game in the nhl.)
Roloson-NHL caliber goalies..unlike Joey and Yanni

Hilbert is gone

Comrie is gone...thank god.

Campoli and his whining azzzz gone.

And adding Tavares is a major change...even if he hasnt played in the NHL.

Scott Gordon has had a full year to adjust to the NHL and has a core of players that believe in the system...major change from the beginning of last year.

“Hoping LI moves past the 70's”

Since: Feb 08

Long Island

#64 Jul 9, 2009
Bill wrote:
In what universe do we have more depth at defense than forward?!!!! Exactly the reverse is true!!!! Other than Streit and Hillen, our best players are all forwards. Our developing players--the players that will improve--are ALL forwards except for Hillen.
We do have some quality defensive prospects in the system--especially Ness and Hamonic--but none of them is of star quality. Management is convinced that DeHaan will become a star, but we will not know if they are correct for two to three years. Most of the NHL thought otherwise.
Sorry Greg. We have no depth at defense---except in older, slower, and oft-injured players who were really meant for the pre-lockout NHL. We have too much depth at that. If this team is going to compete for the Cup, that has to change.
The Isles were bottom of the league in offense, hands down- their top goal scorer had only 18 goals. But they were middle of the league in things like the PK. The Isles have some players in the works at D, they are just too young and not ready for the NHL.

The Isles need a bit of everything, you dont come in 30th for nothing. But, they have relative experience right now at D that they simply do not have at the F positions.
Bill

Vancouver, Canada

#65 Jul 12, 2009
TheMetalChick wrote:
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The Isles were bottom of the league in offense, hands down- their top goal scorer had only 18 goals. But they were middle of the league in things like the PK. The Isles have some players in the works at D, they are just too young and not ready for the NHL.
The Isles need a bit of everything, you dont come in 30th for nothing. But, they have relative experience right now at D that they simply do not have at the F positions.
Their "experienced" defenders are penalty making machines. The Preds beat writer told me that Witt was not signed by them in 2005 because they thought he had lost a step back THEN. Everyone on the Thrasher thread was glad to have seen the back of Sutton. Martinek spends more time on the DL than he does on the ice. Even Gervais is injured far too often.

Our "experienced" defenders have games suited for the pre-lockout NHL and cannot compete in the post-Lockout NHL even when they are healthy.

We were third from last in GA last year and we have not given up less than 240 goals a year since the lockout. Streit and Hillen are the only defenders likely to be with the team in 2012 and Streit will be in his mid thirties by then and approaching the last year of his contract. We have some decent prospects in our system, but--with the POSSIBLE exception of De Haan--none of them are of star quality. It is a shame that, after passing on Big Victor, that we did not draft Kulikoff. He would have given our D credibility. If we pass on Cam Fowler next year, it will be a long time before we have a defense capable of winning a Cup.

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